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Is is simple to use but does it work as intended? Let's find out.
There is a tripod thread on the cube base that could be used usefully in a studio situation plus an elastic hoop at the top that could be of use if the cube had to be hung on something suitable to make the test shot.
In any event, the cube is included in the image in identical lighting to the intended final shot, placed with the black trap at the bottom and with the white/grey faces visible. We are then ready to shoot.
A JPEG reference shot was taken at my usual settings followed by a RAW capture (DNG) with the cube included in the image.
Photoshop CS2 was then opened and the images cropped for this review. The JPEG is unadjusted but does have +1 added to sharpness in camera. The white balance is set at Daylight which therefore reflects the general colour of the light as seen. This image is provided to give us a comparison to see if the RAW adjusted image has advantages in terms of accuracy.
The RAW image opens in Adobe CameraRaw and adjustments are made in the order of white balance and tint, exposure, brightness and blacks. This process is quick and easy, but should always be done whilst keeping an eye on the effects of the adjustments on the image of the cube and the overall picture.
The end result can then be saved in the usual way. The settings can be saved as a custom setting to apply to any other images shot in the same lighting conditions.
There is no doubt that the SpyderCube performs as intended, quickly and simply offering accurate results. Recommended.
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